Degens are gonna degen. Sometimes, there's nothing you can do to stop a degenerate gambler from donking off every dollar in their pocket, whether it's $100 or $10,000. We've all seen it happen at the poker tables, or at the sportsbook, or in the pits. Heck, I've seen people throw millions of dollars of money on bad trades (both stocks and crypto) in an attempt to get unstuck, only to fall into a deeper hole. But that's life on the razor's edge.
The poker world is on the cusp of a highly-anticipated high-stakes duel between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk. The two personalities have had a long-standing beef that they hope to finally squash on the virtual felt. It's not quite a "HEADS UP 4 ROLLZ" situation, but it's as close as you're going to get to see two kids throw down after school.
This is the modern era in which duels are a thing of a more violent and uncivilized past and something you heard about from Hamilton. Gone are the old-school gambling days of lore in the late 20th Century when men were men and they could engage in fisticuffs in the Horseshoe's valet to settle a beef that began at the poker tables, like Sam Grizzle and Phil Hellmuth went at after the Poker Brat and grizzly Grizzle decided enough was enough and they'd use combat as the ultimate great equalizer.
Polk and Negreanu have their own legion of fans, followers, fanboys, disciples, groupies, and peanut gallery that keep tabs on everything they do. There's also no shortage of haters on both side of that aisle and even a common group of haters that equally loathe both parties. There's a lot of interest in this heavyweight heads-up bout from an entertainment perspective. But there's also a gambling element to it. Any contest with an outcome is bet-worthy. And whenever two gamblers engage in some sort of prop bet, that opens up the floor to others wagering on those wagers.
In this instance, Negreanu comes into this heads-up challenge (25,000 hands of $200/$400 NL) as the underdog. Polk has come out of retirement to play Kid Poker and although he's rusty, Polk was one of the best HU NL players in the world before he stepped away from poker and focused on media and later crypto.
Mike Matusow is one of the numerous poker pros that want in on the action. Mike the Mouth wagered $10,000 that Negreanu will pull off the upset at 4/1 odds too, which meant that the Mouth could bank $40,000 in profit if Kid Poker comes out ahead of Polk.
Matusow admitted that he could only bet half his bankroll, which had topped out at $20K. So he decided to bet half of it or $10K. He would have bet it all, but had to pay $6K in outstanding bills and needed $4K to play cards.
"Well I did it!," tweeted Matusow. "I bet 10k of my 20k bankroll on @RealKidPoker getting 4 to 1 vs @DougPolkVids. I would of bet it all but needed 6k for bills on Nov 1st. Plus the 5k I bet on Trump to win in March that could be in jeopardy. Let's go @RealKidPoker don't let me go bust again!"
Kid Poker at-reply responded with a cringe-worthy GIF from The Office.
Matusow also informed the Twitterverse that he bet $5,000 on Donald Trump to get re-elected and defeat Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential Election.
If Trump and Kid Poker both win, then Mike Matusow will be $45K richer. If Doug Polk and Biden win, then Mike the Mouth pissed away $15K.
Well I did it! I bet 10k of my 20k bankroll on @RealKidPoker getting 4 to 1 vs @DougPolkVids. I would of bet it all but needed 6k for bills on nov. 1st. Plus the 5k I bet on Trump to win in March that could be in jeopardy. Let’s go @RealKidPoker don’t let me go bust again!— Mike Matusow (@themouthmatusow) October 22, 2020